Wojtek Pawlusiak, or as we like to call him around here "The Polish Bazooka", is a man on the move in snowboarding. Hailing from Poland, where snowboard media is almost nonexistent, he managed to get noticed a few years back and is now one of Burton's fiercest Euro jibbers. Wojtek (pronounced voy-tech) and his deep bag of tricks are now being exported as far as New Zealand and big film projects like Homies have embraced him and his aforementioned big bag. The Bazooka basically blasts year-round on his shred blade, so we wanted to see what he is up to and where he is off to next. Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, Wojtek actually talks like this.
Whassup up man, how was last season, did you get out of Poland much?
I would say quite a lot. I was traveling mostly around the Europe but still... A lot of filming in the beginning of the season, a few contests and then I tried to catch some powder but was pretty unlucky with that. :( Then the summer camps: Val Senales with the shitty weather, Dachstein with a perfect rail line and Les2Alpes with shitloads of people... and then NZ, which was sick!
Check Wojtek gettin' to work on the down bar this summer at Les Deux Alpes. Edit by Prendi:
Is NZ the farthest you left home and mom's cooking?
Pretty much you can't go further than NZ. I was missing my mom's food so much. The ferg burger is not the meal which I wanna eat everyday, :)
What is some weird stuff that you eat back home?
Weird stuff is for weirdos. I'm not a weirdo. I'm eating normal food mostly. We have a really good food in Poland like Pierogi, Golonka and Barszcz, :)
Check out his home cooked part from last year's Polish production MEP:
Who impresses you these days?
There are a lot of riders who impress me these days! All the new-era guys who are doing weird but creative stuff on the streets. Sick powder lines, huge rock drops and massive gap jumps are always the things which impress me. The level of riding is increasing and it's good to keep up with the times but try to do your own thing on the other hand. That makes you stand out from the rest.
Is the narrow stance over or is it just beginning?
Shit man, that's a tight question! Hope I'm not gonna see more narrow stances than now, it looks like a skiing but sideways, :)
Did you ever get that big ass rail from the Poland documentary?
Nah. I'm looking for some big rails all the time but the blue one was just too crazy. If anyone wants to try it I can guide, I can help, I will do my best but that rail is way too gnarly to do again. The spot itself is not friendly and it's easier to die there than to stomp a trick, but I never say never!
Watch Method TV Episode 6 to watch Blickinsefreie's Poland Documentary where Wojtek tries probably the longest front side ever!
Where are you gonna be this season?
I guess I will start the season in France or Switzerland with the Homies crew and try to film something for the new project. I will do some contests meanwhile and as soon as the first snow arrives to Poland I will start to film there. I want to spend some time in Mayrhofen, hopefully catch some pow pow and then I wanna go to Canada and US in early spring. Then back to Europe again in summer. With any luck I will go then to NZ again. I can't stop thinking of that great place!
Photos by Yarrek